The devil might have all the best tunes, but the Union Chapel is proof that him downstairs knows nothing about architecture.
The Grade I-listed gothic masterpiece, completed in 1877, is still used as a working church and help centre for London's homeless. Noble purposes, to be sure, but equally uplifting is the effect the environment has on performances – and performers. Put simply, bands raise their game when they're playing the Union Chapel – it'd be sacrilege not to – and the spellbinding surroundings and acoustics mean it still beats the crap out of the most modern, purpose-built venue the twenty-first century has to offer.
While itmade its name hosting acoustic nights and occasional jazz shows, the Union Chapel has since become a magnet for the thinking bands and their fans, particularly as part of the rightly lauded Little Noise Sessions for Mencap.
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The soul-jazz vocalist, best known for her work with downtempo dance dude Bonobo and LA hip hop beatmaker Flying Lotus but making headway as a solo act, appears here with her own funky band.Funk, soul and disco Friday September 30 2016Read more
Shake off that Friday night hangover with this feelgood Saturday daytime event: live music plus tea and bacon butties, and a drawing space for young (and old) concertgoers to get creative.Pop and rock Saturday October 1 2016 - Saturday December 17 2016 FreeRead more
The six piece performs country versions of classic indie hits from the 1980s to the 2000s. With support from She Makes War and Zoot Lynam.Folk, country and blues Saturday October 1 2016Read more
Southern Tenant Folk Union
Folk and bluegrass from the award-winning acoustic band with banjo, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar, percussion and harmony vocals.Folk, country and blues Sunday October 2 2016Read more
The former leader of The Commotions, Cole is also an acoustic guitar virtuoso who has spent several years in New York recording with assorted avant/electronic/lo-fi folk types. He's plugged his guitar back in for some lyrical rock 'n' roll in the Commotions...Pop Monday October 3 2016 - Friday November 4 2016Read more
Robert Grace Trust Fundraiser
Raise funds for pioneering HIV charity The Robert Grace Trust as you watch a trio of alternative choirs sing in the beautiful Union Chapel. There'll be Gaelic laments, English madrigals and Fleetwood Mac covers from Owl Parliament, bold pop and soul arrangements...Rock and indie Wednesday October 5 2016Read more
'Silencio,' the acclaimed 2010 debut album by this rising Portuguese star, was the first fado record made in the UK for over half a century. Aurora didn't discover the folk-blues torch songs of her homeland until she moved to Bristol in the early noughties,...Latin and world Thursday October 6 2016Read more
Things to do
A three day celebration of Union Chapel's 1877 organ which was specially designed and built for the space. Catch a screening of 'Nosferatu' with a new score by composer Irene Buckley (Fri Oct 7), listen to the pipes accompanied by singers while digging...Friday October 7 2016 - Sunday October 9 2016Read more
The former Stereolab vocalist performs quietly compelling, French-and-kraut-tinged material, with spine-tingling results.Pop Saturday October 8 2016Read more
The experimental music programme for organ and electronic works pushes the envelope for which this most traditional of instruments is used. Featuring performances from Fennesz, Philip Jeck, Simon Scott and loads more.Dance and electronic Saturday October 8 2016Read more
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Great venue, good acoustics, good selection of music and other events, nice bar and restaurant and important support provided to homeless and vulnerable people
Absolutely LOVE this venue, seen so many amazing things here including Stewart Lee and despite losing feeling in your bum on those pews up the back of the venue, the intimacy of this place makes any event in there feel really special. Plus they don't make a bad veggie curry in the bar. Surprised!
My favourite venue..its beautiful…Saw goldfraap here first. I love the carols by candlelight free christmas event the best….arrive well in time as they closed the doors on the late comers last year…. Lovely surroundings to see your fav artist in.